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Inside Otium, Timothy Hollingsworth's Blockbuster Downtown LA Restaurant

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The biggest opening of 2015 sits next to the Broad Museum on Bunker Hill.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Here is Otium, perched high above on Downtown's Bunker Hill from chef Timothy Hollingsworth, who was once the chef de cuisine at The French Laundry. Since landing in LA, this has been the celebrated place Hollingsworth has tried to open with prolific restaurateur Bill Chait for the last few years. And Otium might be the most gorgeous free-standing restaurant to debut in Los Angeles this year.

Take a whirl around and see handcrafted materials abound. With most of the plates, furniture, and interior appointments built by local artisans, Otium is as much an ode to Los Angeles as a design and creative capital as it is a culinary one. From the kitchen, Hollingsworth is plating familiar, yet thoughtful dishes that reflect an organic, wholesome ethos. Try a lobster roll with celery salt chips, pork belly with caramelized garlic, or grilled fish with cauliflower, grapes, and almonds.

For now, it's just lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., though dinner hours will commence in December. Brunch service quietly launched last week, and is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while a friendly daytime kiosk sits out front for museum goers and office workers. Reservations available online via Resy.

222 S. Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA

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